The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Covid: Nations impose UK travel bans over new variant

Top health officials said that there was no evidence the new variant was more deadly, or would react differently to vaccines, but it was proving to be up to 70% more transmissible.

#COVID19 #unitedkingdom #Europe

UN Warns New Wave of Locust Swarms Threatens Food Security of Millions in East Africa

“We have achieved much, but the battle against this relentless pest is not yet over,” said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu. “We must not waiver. Locusts keep growing day and night and risks are exacerbating food insecurity for vulnerable families across the affected region.”

#Locust #EastAfrica #Swarm

Picking up the pieces in Central America

The northern triangle is not a lost cause. It is imperative that we respond now to the crisis created by the hurricanes and then stay to help build the institutions that can contribute to a better life for its citizens, who like the rest of us, would much rather stay home. The plan we outline above suggests how the United States might leverage the current crisis to make major gains against corruption and vastly improve democratic governance in the region. If successful, such changes will be transformative in nature and give the citizens of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua the hope they have been fighting for in the streets and demanding at the ballot box for decades, while reducing the incentives for migration.

#CentralAmerica #Honduras #Guatemala

‘WTF?’: newly discovered ghostly circles in the sky can’t be explained by current theories, and astronomers are excited

In our paper about ORCs, which is forthcoming in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, we run through all the possibilities and conclude these enigmatic blobs don’t look like anything we already know about.

So we need to explore things that might exist but haven’t yet been observed, such as a vast shockwave from some explosion in a distant galaxy. Such explosions may have something to do with fast radio bursts, or the neutron star and black hole collisions that generate gravitational waves.

#Space #Science #theuniverse

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